e& buys €2.15 billion stake in PPF Telecom Group’s assets

UAE-based telco holding company Emirates Telecommunication Group Company (e&) has signed a deal with PPF Group to acquire a 50% plus one share in its telco assets in Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia, with the aim to build a major telecommunications business in central and eastern Europe. The companies had been engaged in talks about […]

BeIN channels off Etisalat’s eLife TV after pair fail to strike deal

BeIN Media’s channels will no longer be available on e&-owned UAE operator Etisalat’s platform after the pair failed to strike terms, e& has announced. Customers of Etisalat’s eLife TV offering are to receive a monthly discount on their subscriptions to take account of the reduced content offering, starting today. eLife TV customers also have the […]

UAE’s Evision launches dedicated golf channel for MENA region

E-Vision, the media and entertainment arm of UAE-based e& (formerly Etisalat), has launched a new golf channel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The launch follows the acquisition of exclusive MENA rights to the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour (2023/24), the 2023 Ryder Cup and the 2024 Presidents Cup. Called GolfLife, […]

UAE telco e& increases stake in beleaguered Vodafone

UAE-based telecoms group e&, formerly known as Etilsat Group, has increased its stake in Vodafone to 11%. The move comes just a few days after Vodafone’s CEO Nick Read announced he was stepping down. No price was put on the transaction, but e& previously paid $4.4 billion for a 9% stake in the firm. At […]

Etilsalat adds two new SPI FilmBox channels to its line up

SPI/FilmBox, a Canal+ company, has inked a strategic agreement to introduce two new FilmBox channels to subscribers of Emirates-based telco Etisalat subscribers. “We are excited to expand on our agreement with Etisalat with the launch of two sought-after FilmBox channels in the region,” said Murat Muratoglu, head of distribution at SPI International. “Now, subscribers will be […]

SPI International Brings FilmBox channels to the Middle East with Etisalat

Channel provider SPI/FilmBox and Emirates-based telecommunications company Etisalat have signed a strategic agreement to launch two new specialist FilmBox channels to subscribers in the Middle East, marking the debut of the channels in the region.  FilmBox Action and FilmBox Familywill be available starting October 1 on channels 654 and 655, respectively. FilmBox Action offers thrillers, Westerns, horror, sci-fi, […]

UAE’s e& becomes Vodafone’s biggest shareholder

e&, the UAE state-backed service provider formerly known as Etisalat, has become Vodafone’s largest shareholder after taking an 9.8% stake in the mobile and fixed-line giant. e&, or Emirates Telecommunications Group Company, acquired t8he stake for US$4.4 billion, or around 130p per share, according to Bloomberg, representing a premium of around 10% on the company’s […]

Etisalat UAE launches Switch TV streamer with Synamedia and 3SS

e&’s UAE-based business Etisalat UAE has agreed a tech partnership with Synamedia and 3 Screen Solutions (3SS). The companies will collaborate to add a lean back TV experience for the operator’s DTC streaming service Switch TV, currently available on LG and Smart TVs along with Apple TV STBs.  The smart TV app is based on […]

Etisalat taps Synamedia for SwitchTV streaming launch

UAE-based service provider Etisalat has tapped Synamedia’s cloud TV capability for the launch of its new direct-to-consumer streaming offering SwitchTV. The new service is based on Synamedia’s Infinite cloud TV platform and video network portfolio. Etisalat is leaning on Synamedia’s technology to deliver a multi-screen service with both free and premium live TV channels, catch-up […]

Synamedia teams up with AWS for cloud video

Video technology outfit Synamedia has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable the combination of its video software technology with AWS’s public cloud infrastructure. The partnership means that video service providers will be able to deliver multi-screen video using Synamedia’s Infinite cloud TV platform using AWS’s public cloud infrastructure. Operators already using Synamedia’s cloud TV platform […]

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